Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since it was the first tutoring session, I wanted to see what his goals are. I saw some of his previous notes and quizzes to see how he was doing. We covered a lot of vocabulary and different phrases, and went through what he is learning now in Spanish grammar. We were working with direct objects and how they replace certain pronouns in the sentence. We talked about what a direct object is and how it is used in a sentence. We did a couple of examples before we started his homework which involved direct objects. His main issue is putting a sentence together in the target language, and using the proper grammar conjugations and vocabulary. We went through each example and he did his homework on his own. I asked him questions about each sentence and the direct object, and what pronoun was replaced. We also practiced some speaking exercises. We will work on more vocabulary and grammar in the next session, and I want to make flash cards containing vocabulary that he should know and practice. We talked about the different conjugations in the past, and he wrote out the endings. I made extra practice using the endings, and he has a reference sheet in the front of his binder now. I told him every time he looks at his binder for Spanish, he will say the past endings out loud. He will also make flash cards on his free time so he can practice the vocabulary he is learning in class."
"We continued working on the student's verbal skills. We spent the whole class speaking. We focused on three parts: 1. Talking about her particular experience last week: talking about a presentation in Spanish she did last week at school, and what she did for Halloween. 2. We practiced the verb tenses that she knows -present, simple past, present perfect and pluscuamperfecto-reviewing a part of the short film we watched last week, and after she talked about the film, using the verb tenses she knows, being more fluent and confident when speaking. At the end, we reviewed the rules regarding how to use Spanish accents. She studied in the past but she did not remember how to use them. The class was fluent. The student built coherent sentences, realizing and correcting her own mistakes. I look forward to the next class with the student and continuing to see her progress in Spanish."
"Tonight the student and I reviewed the difference between 'por' and 'para' and studied for his make-up quiz tomorrow. At the end of our session last week the student asked if we could go over the difference between 'por' and 'para' for next time/this week. Over the week I found an online document that thoroughly breaks down the difference using examples and I brought it to our session today. I printed a copy for the student and copy for myself and had him follow along, putting a star next to the information he was least familiar with, as I read it out loud. Because it was a lot of information at once, I had us look at it a second time, this time more closely. We underlined and noted key words and ideas that would make it easier for him to remember the information. When we finished, I gave him a quick, 20 question quiz that went along with the document. He scored 18/20 and when reviewing the 2 he got wrong, was quickly able to identify his error. To study for his make-up quiz, we went through flash cards he made. I read the phrase in Spanish and he translated it into English. He translated most of them without a problem. The phrases the student struggled with were primarily those that do not translate exactly into their English translation. I explained this to him and suggested that before he tries to translate the entire phrase, he should translate each individual word. He also made some notes on the cards he had the hardest time remembering. When I asked him how he feels about his quiz tomorrow he said he feels good about it."